The Bachelor’s curriculum contains three types of course units. The course units focusing on knowledge and understanding units provide overviews of major historical periods and themes; the historical seminars are supervised exercises, during which you learn to set up and conduct independent research; the non-historical course units contain introductions to the Humanities and Social Sciences. We apply a combination of such teaching methods as lectures, seminars and supervised independent work. In the course of the Bachelor’s curriculum, the amount of lectures is reduced in favour of seminars and your own independent work, which ultimately culminates in an independent piece of research, the Bachelor’s paper.
The first year comprises a number of general course units: i.e. essential introductory Humanities course units and two fundamental History course units. The curriculum also contains programme-specific course units, in particular six general historical introductions. We also introduce you to a number of aspects of historical research. Finally, you learn to consult foreign-language sources: while French is a mandatory module, you have a set of six other foreign languages to choose from as your second foreign language.
The second-year curriculum leaves more room for electives, as well as course units to foster your understanding of methodology.
The third-year curriculum offers a choice of course units from a thematic cluster and a methodology cluster. There are also three practice-oriented tracks to choose from: Public History, Archival Studies, or Education. The Education Track is the perfect stepping stone towards the Master of Science in Teaching (in Dutch). If you are not too keen on the practice-oriented track, you might want to consider the minor track. It offers you a chance to look beyond your own discipline and adopt an interdisciplinary approach to specific historical problem statements. If you are not keen on the practice-oriented or the minor track, the advanced clusters track might be more up your sleeve: it allows for an additional choice of course units from the clusters mentioned above. Last but not least, the third year culminates in a Bachelor’s paper, the crowning achievement of the Bachelor's programme.
The Master’s programme contains the actual discipline-specific expertise. In the context of your research project, you choose a specific period (e.g. the Middle Ages), a specific topic (e.g. urban history) or a specific region (e.g. African History). At the heart of our programme is the Master’s dissertation, your independent graduation work. Your course units and seminars tie into the approach you choose for your Master's dissertation.